Veterans Corner: Honor the Flag!

Flag Day is June 14. This commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Flag Day is June 14. This commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an act of Congress.

American Legion Post 62 will hold a flag disposal ceremony at the post at 107 E. Prairie St. at 2 p.m. on June 14. All are welcome. Please bring unserviceable flags for proper disposal.

Now is a good time to check your flag and make sure it is in good shape. Please do not fly a torn, tattered or faded flag.

There is a box on the west side of the building where you can drop unserviceable flags at any time.

Fourth fest at the Elks

The Sequim Elks Lodge 2642 is inviting all to join members at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 4, at the lodge at 143 Port Williams Road for a fundraiser for disabled veterans and their families.

The program includes breakfast from 8:30 a.m.-noon and hotdogs in the afternoon. American flags go to the first 200 kids.

Starting at noon there will be music including Buck Ellard, Round Trip and Cat’s Meow and dancers, featuring the Straight Wheelers and Rhody O’s, Na Hula O Wahine Ilikea Hula, Children of the Ravens and a martial arts demonstration until 8 p.m. All (100 percent) of donations go to the cause.

Green thumbs for vets

The Robin Hill Veterans Garden gives veterans a chance to get outdoors and work with other veterans and their families. Every veteran (or dependent) is assigned a garden plot and provided with the resources and assistance to maintain their site.

Extra produce is donated to different charities in the community including the Voices For Veterans Stand Down. Pumpkins go to children programs in Port Angeles and Sequim. This project is part of the Green Alliance for Veteran Education (GAVE). It is not too late to get your garden growing!

If you are interested, contact the North West Veterans Resource Center at 360-­797-­1791 for the latest garden application. You also can email


Honored to honor

Many thanks to all who came out for the Memorial Day ceremonies. We had a beautiful day to honor our deceased veterans.

The American Legion Post 62 cleaned the monument at Sequim View Cemetery, put out the individual flags on Saturday and took them up on Monday, put out the big flags Monday morning and conducted a wonderful ceremony.

Thank you to all who helped with the flags,­ especially in the rain on Saturday. We must never forget them.


And more

Another way to help keep memories alive is the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress which collects and preserves the personal accounts of United States war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from them and better understand the realities of war.

To find out how to participate, go to You can be a vet, an interviewer or a person donating a vet’s collection.

Students in the 10th grade and above also may participate and there are special resources for educators and students on the site.

Please consider sharing your experiences or helping vets to share theirs.


Contributors: DAR, Joyce Stroeher,; American Legion and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Sid Gerling,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold,